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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Providence Civic Center on 1984-04-26 (April 26, 1984)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: April 26, 1984 (check for other copies)
Venue: Providence Civic Center
Location: Providence, RI

Source: Master Soundboard Cassette > Cassette > DAT > CDR (Missing Encore)
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Keywords: Live concert


Shakedown Street, CC Rider, Loser, Hell In A Bucket, Brown Eyed Women, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication-> Deal Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World> Good Times*> Drumz> Morning Dew> Throwing Stones> Not Fade Away Encore Baby Blue


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Reviewer: farfromme83 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 26, 2011
Subject: Hitching on 95
I hitched to this show from Groton..got several rides and was standing near the Cranston flats for quite some time before I got a ride to the exit ramp by the civic center..got there at noontime, cool crowd outside playing guitars, singing songs, hackysack, etc...took in the scene on what was a very nice sunny day. As for the show, the place was half full to start, the Shakedown was great, good loser and BEW, short set though..Scarlet>fire, estimated>eyes cooks..fastest eyes I ever saw, but played well. The Good Times with Brent and the Drummers is great and mellow, the dew is great and the rest of the show is solid..still old crowd then,, I remember after the show with the Prov. Cops..chasing deadheads around on horses. Not sure how I got home but it was a fun day and night.

Reviewer: kevster68 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 3, 2010
At 16y/o and my 1st Dead show with a buddy-It was quite an experience! After some purple micro-dot in the parking lot we worked our way into the civic center; I remember hearing the band start Shakedown Street as we were making our way to the floor and the energy just go through the crowd--especially when Jerry hits the wa wa pedal with that crazy symbol sound like I'd never heard skakedown played before or after this show-it's great to hear it here again after 26 years! Snakedancers were really groovin in the hallways during the whole show. Fans rushed the doors that night after we got in(we read it in the newspaper the next morning); many were arrested outside the joint but everyone that got in experienced a great show! Still can't remember how we got home but do remember searching for our wheels after the show! Great memories!

Reviewer: sistereuphemia - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 25, 2010
Subject: Loser
'84 was a great year for the song "Loser". 4/26/84 - PVD is no exception. Strong solo. Strong voice. Strong accompaniment. Enjoy!!! Over and over and over again. Rating based on Loser only.

Reviewer: Jeffrey Eliot - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - October 2, 2007
Subject: we need an AUD
This was a great show. Very nice Shakedown.
I remember sitting rear of stage very low and the crowd was SPARSE until the end of Shakedown, don't know if there were problems outside or what - but this scene inside was meeeellllloooow.
very nice.
I'd love an FOB AUD.
3 because it's a board (5 in my mind for the performance)

Reviewer: Albix - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - October 4, 2006
Subject: slow?
I don't know, is this source slow or is it the streaming software? If some one has the actual .shn file please post your findings here.here

Reviewer: gruUbic - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 30, 2006
Subject: GD 4/26/84
The heights of the Jerry wa wa...I love the sound.
Concert was right around same time I was kicked outta the Civic Center @ a VAN HALEN concert...for crying out loud - man it was cold outside - walking them hills to try and find my ride...
Never at a Dead SHOW!

This night the Boyz ROCK...

Reviewer: akmusher - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - January 21, 2006
Subject: Excellent example of the 84 sound and style
The archive has been great for reaquainting me with periods that I had been ignoring since the advent of CD trading. Most of my interest for the last few years has been on the 69-74 span which I still see as the Dead at the peak of their powers.
But select dates and even whole tours during the 83-84 span in particular bear further investigation. Fall 83 was my first live dead experience and this show in Providence happened to be my second. Thanks goes to the quality of some of the reviews for resparking my appreciation of this period.
Providence was a great place to see the boys although the cops could be a little intense. My memories of this one include being to the left of the stage, 4-5 rows up from the floor. Providence is intimate compared to the later venues and it was always loud! Great light show! As we begain to take off on our journey I remember my buddy Mark experiencing a bit of a crisis. The Shakedown opener was big, fat and loud. It was dark and aggressive but also very funky. Listen to it very loud for best effect. I remember feeling like we were witnessing the Leviathin feeding on the urban sprawl that surrounded us.
The set closing Lazy Lightening ->Supplication->Deal was brighter and more uplifting and marked the end of Mark's bum out. We loosened our seatbelts and started to really boogie.
The set II Scarlet->Fire completed the swing back from the dark side and transported us to a happy place somewhere above the urban decay. I have fleeting memories of a long space arriving at a thunderous Morning Dew.
Listening to this show 20 + years later knowing what I now know about Jerry's battles I am amazed at the peaks they were still able to reach. 83-84 Dead was loud and had an edge to it. Brents synth and organ left no holes in their sound. The band still liked to stretch out. This Shakedown opener clocks in at 14 minutes. Jerry's voice doesn't sound great and there are certainly plenty of miscues but overall this show struts with alot of attitude.
We made it back to MA that night by some act of divine intervention. Two happy but very disoriented individuals picked up on the outbound exit by a friend of a friendof a friend who just happened to be going to the same town. Isn't it amazing how that always seemed to happen after shows?! We made it to class the next morning a bit dazed but very satisfied.
If you are wondering about this period (84) give this one a listen. It remains one of the better shows that I witnessed and predates the aproach they took once top 40 popularity hit in 86/87. I hope that someone will upload a FOB pcm audience of this show someday. I still prefer a crispy audience to a board.

Reviewer: leekhat - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 7, 2006
Subject: Virgin
I was a dosed-up Dead neophyte that only knew a couple of songs, one being Shakedown Street. This was my first show and I thought that they played this song first just to welcome me aboard! I just read Lesh's book (pub. 2005) and it made my search for my first show (and I found it!). Thanks.

Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 8, 2005
Subject: Jerry's floatin in a persian haze
One of my fav Shakedown's and Loser's. Also hot Scarlet>Fire. Brent breaks out Never Trust for the the first time since 82' and only played it 1 other time in 1984. Yea, I can imagine eveyone dosed out in Rhode Isand at the Civic never been but I would imagine its a nice venue 14,000 cap. The scene is just about ripe for the pickin'. Heavy party atmoshere before huge mid to late 80's success. All the rumors and his actual herioned out stage presence along with neck break speed trippy jams and emotional singing on his ballds were over the top. I would of been eating it all up. They were crushin it night after night and the Scene was going Gonzo.
Iam big on Brent's deep penetrating lingering buzzers he was using it heavy spring 84' and through the 84 tour. He wasn't pulling those sounds out his library much past 1985. Very prevelant on this Shakedown esp. the begining. Brent means business right of the start, fuckin up all the cosmic Heads in the crowd. The first I really noticed that sound when I started trading tapes in 87'. Listening to the Hult 84' Terrapin and Scarlet and thinking wow this is I OUT THERE. I remembering dosin with friends and talk about seeing sound jeeez those psychedelic soundz coming out of Brent's "gOoey B-3" mentioned below (although I thought it was some synth making those electronic arcade effects.) and we traded alot of 84 stuff because of what Brent was up to.
*Ps. Very nice crisp board top notch sound*
this is my favorite stuff, High Qual. sound and killer and I mean killer 84'shows.
The Spring Marin run and Fall Augusta shows are book-ends of a smokin tour. The Summer tour starting off with East coast fav Saratoga and Merriweather love the midwest run
Ohio,Indianna,Mi,Mo,Ia,Alpine and of coarse the Greeks and Ventura. It don't stop the fall tour starting with Charlotte and Richmond were starting to get cooking and one of my fav's the smokin' hot Augusta run. The Hatrford's and Bct's are all sick. "Tell me this tour aint got no hart" TOP notch Dead, I never will understand the neg. 84' sentiment the Junkie Jerry stuff Good Ole' Grateful Dead stops at 82 I don't think so. They played and sounded awesome, fun to listen to and I wasn't there but I know the scene was about as cool as your gonna get. As mentioned below this is a grate example of what was going down.
~HaPpY tRaiLs~

Reviewer: Terrapin31590 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - August 29, 2005
Subject: The Goo
From the sinister buzzing of Brent's Hammond B-3 that introduces a typically THICK '84 Shakedown through the molassas of sound and thunder in the AM Dew>OMSN set 2 closer, your SF heroes lay it on the line in Providence.

4/26/84, a great example of where the band was at this point in their history. Entering stage right with a deep jammed Shakedown, Brent asserting his prominence and Jerry just whipsawing through a variety of guitar leads, you'll be catching your breath through a slide leaking CC Rider. Loser and Deal are the other two high points of Set 1, the latter just crackles with sparkle and fire.

And speaking of fire ... While the Scar>Fire, Est>Eyes is not exactly the most original 2 by 2 pre drums song selection, each is an outstanding version. Fire, with its clunky and key tickling ferocity, the Estimated that bursts out of the vocal portion and into an outer space outro Jam, the light speed eyes that really only clocks in at about 8 minutes (possibly one of the shortest on record) as if the whole band has been blasted out of a 100 dollar bill if you know wha I'm sayin ... The back end is notably thicker, and Jer lays that heart o' gold on the line in AM Dew.

'84 SBDs are not that common, (if you scroll through the archive, I'd say 35-40 percent of the '84 shows are SBD offerings) so take advantage and partake of this oddly maligned and underappreciated year.

Reviewer: Stonage_63 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 19, 2005
Subject: This is the show when I got on the bus....
Sheik, you nailed it: super-trippy and super good...I also overindulged, and it was my 3rd show, and I was in the FOURTH ROW and blasted and the band knew it and I was SURE they were fucking with me! I couldn't believe what I was seeing, all I could do was turn to the seasoned heads next to me and babble. Setlist is textbook, Dew is titanic, playing is masterful. THANK YOU Jonathan Aizen, for uploading the night that changed my life!!!! Barry

Reviewer: brendanmcauley - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - December 21, 2004
Subject: Super SBD
The sound quality here is sooo crisp and so high quality that I am suprised this has not made the dicks picks collections. I have to give it as 4 because it is not the Betty quality or super-duper clean- see my reviews by clicking on my name and you will see shows that are true 5star shows. I have downloaded over 300 shows since September and have listened to a lot of dead.

I am a fan of the scarlet>fire sequence and this one will not dissapoint. Suprising to me was how powerful the Morning Dew is! Yeah sure it was 1984 and Jerry was a little unhealthy then, but jerry does his best and that is all I can ask for- the emotion and the rip roarin jamming is spectacular. You will enjoy this tape from start to finish!

Download the show immediately adn crank it up!

Reviewer: fireonshakedownstreet - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 1, 2004
Subject: Classic 84
Folks. You need this. A smoker all the way through. Bobby's voice is shot, but the Boys def make up for that. Nice versions of everything. Throwing Stones>NFA is one hell of a groove. The Dew is Massive. Brown-Eyed Women Deal its all there folks. Jerry rips on Fire. God I love 84.

Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 17, 2004
Subject: Very fun to be at and really trippy
1984 was never thought of as a really great year relative to '83 and '85 however this is a very underrated show which you can hear the crowd really involved in from solid tailgating and everyone was pretty stoked to be there... very solid 1st set shakedown>CC brown eyed is very good - deal is primo....the hot first set alone is worth the listen... trippy scarlet fire estimated eyes just as we started getting ready for drums brent came out with never trust with all the lights on him everyone else left the stage and it sizzled then drums were whats really memorable and superb healey was tweaking them that night from side to side and people were going bananas - we sat on top of our chairs on the floor and just looked around at everyone and listened during drums/space it was wild...we at some bloomers that did not kick in till the second set but by that time had eaten some chemicals to make up and it hit us like a freight train as soon as the lights went down for set #2.....

this deserves more respect and is a very solid listen with a good selection - not sure what was in the air that night but think everyone was a little overserved dosewise and the boys responded with a sizzling morning dew and while bobby does not sound that good he was into it...this was one of the funnest shows I went to in the 80's.... the next night pales by comparison...